Jan. 28, 2012
STANFORD, Calif. - No. 6 Stanford won the team competition at the Stanford Open Saturday night, defeating No. 5 California, No. 9 Nebraska and Washington before a sellout crowd at Burnham Pavilion. The Cardinal's (4-1) season-high 348.400 was more than enough to best the Golden Bears (339.000), Cornhuskers (332.600) and Huskies (251.200).
After last week's meet against California in which Eddie Penev had what one teammate remarked was "the meet of his life", the distinction was short-lived as he shattered four career marks in tonight's victory. Penev posted a career-high in the all-around (89.200) for the second consecutive meet aong with personal bests in floor exercise (16.200), still rings (14.500) and parallel bars (15.000). Penev finished first in all-around, floor, vault (15.400) and parallel bars.
"Tonight was great and I wasn't thinking about my individual scores out there," said Penev. "It was great to see that I improved but more importantly our team is getting better. There are things to work on, but it was a good step forward for us."
Penev's teammates filled out the rest of the scorecard, highlighted by first-place showings by Paul Hichwa on high bar (14.500) and James Fosco on still rings (15.200). Gabriel Alvarado (14.500) tied for first on pommel horse with Cal's Glen Ishino. Freshman Brian Knott finished third in the all-around (84.900), including top-five finishes on floor, pommel horse, vault and high bar.
The team has posted a season-high in the first three meets, but head coach Thom Glielmi remains focused on building the team up to make a run at another national title.
"We want to keep improving but overall it was a very good effort," said Glielmi. "We weren't perfect out there but the endurance and execution are coming along and as long as we keep improving I'm happy."
Strong performances by Sean Senters on floor (14.600) and vault (15.000), Hichwa, Fosco and Alvarado are positives the team can take from the meet as they have a break in the schedule.
"Chris Turner, Cameron Foreman, Cale Robinson and Knott are qualified for the Winter Cup next week," Glielmie said. "The team has some down time before our next meet and it's really an emotional down time because they don't have to get up for another competition next weekend. However, the team knows what we need to do to be in the mix in April and we need to take advantage of the next couple of weeks to get closer to our goal."
The NCAA meet brought closure to Saturday's activity, but a full slate of gymnastics remains for tomorrow. Glielmi was excited that Stanford was able to host the meet.
"It's a great event, I wish we had a larger venue and could let more people in but everyone that's competed in it really enjoys it and it's a great opportunity for the collegiate teams to get more exposure in the junior ranks."
The Cardinal return to action February 12 at California.
Individual Winners and Stanford Scores
1. Eddie Penev, STAN (89.200)
2. Donothan Bailey, CAL (87.400)
3. Brian Knott, STAN (84.900)
4. Andreas Hofer, NEB (81.500)
5. Jon Chapman, WASH (71.900)
1. Eddie Penev, STAN (16.200)
2. Donothan Bailey, CAL (15.400)
3. Grant Perdue, NEB (14.800)
3. Glen Ishino, CAL (14.800)
5. Brian Knott, STAN (14.700)
1. Gabriel Alvarado, STAN (14.500)
1. Glen Ishino, CAL (14.500)
3. Brian Knott, STAN (14.200)
3. Donothan Bailey, CAL (14.200)
3. John Martin, STAN (14.200)
1. James Fosco, STAN (15.200)
2. Jordan Nolff, STAN (14.800)
2. Donothan Bailey, CAL (14.800)
4. Eddie Penev, STAN (14.500)
4. Steven Lacombe, CAL (14.500)
1. Eddie Penev, STAN (15.400)
2. Sean Senters, STAN (15.000)
3. Grant Perdue, NEB (14.700)
4. Brian Knott, STAN (14.700)
5. Jean Monteclaro, CAL (14.500)
1. Eddie Penev, STAN (15.000)
2. Daniel Culpepper, CAL (14.500)
3. Donothan Bailey, CAL (14.300)
4. C.J. Schaaf, NEB (14.200)
5. Eric Schryver, NEB (14.100)
1. Paul Hichwa, STAN (14.500)
2. Brian Knott, STAN (14.400)
2. Cale Robinson, STAN (14.400)
4. Donothan Bailey, CAL (14.300)
5. Eddie Penev, STAN (14.200)